How conference speaking changes your dreams (the ones you have when sleeping)

There are dreams that are common for people; the one where you are flying, the one where you suddenly realize you have no clothes on and the one where you walk into college or high school class and there is a big test and you realize you haven’t been to any classes all year.

Since I’ve been speaking at conferences, the last one of those has shifted, not once but twice.

I have often dreamt that I walked into a room to do a conference session and realized I hadn’t even prepared it!

Last night I dreamt that I gave a new talk at a user group and was about to give it again about 1/2 hour later. I thought the talk had gone really well. While I was setting up to do the 2nd iteration of the talk, I asked someone (I think it was Dave Noderer) how he thought the first talk went. “Okay,” he told me, “but I think it would have been nice if you had done some demos.”

Luckily something woke me up from my sleep while I was trying to figure out how I was going to solve this problem with only about 10 minutes before the session started.

I do actually have a talk that is totally codeless; it is a session that explains some basic security concepts. But in this dream, I was doing a talk on ADO.NET, so no code demos probably wasn’t such a good thing.

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